The Meramec river is a free flowing river that is clean and spring fed. It flows west to east year round from a source in central Missouri and joins the Mississippi river just below St. Louis. It has been used for navigation, recreational boating (canoeing, rafting, motoring), and sport fishing. The upper Meramec is known as the float capital of Missouri with many campgrounds located along its banks. Homeowners enjoy the same amenities as the many vacationers to these Ozark resorts.